Kemptown MP calls for a debate on the importance of city centres

Besi Besemar November 1, 2012

Simon Kirby, MP

Simon Kirby, MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven this morning asked the Leader of the House of Commons, to make time for a debate on the importance of city centres to the cultural and economic life of their communities and the importance of the police in maintaining order in such locations.

His intervention follows an increase in recent incidents in St James Street which is the heart of the city’s LGBT Quarter and Gay Village.

Simon said:

“Brighton benefits from a vibrant and diverse city centre which drives the cultural and economic life of a much wider community. It is vital to ensure the area is safe for all residents of the city and visitors who come to enjoy all that Brighton has to offer.

“There is some concern in my constituency that recent incidents in the St James’s Street area are damaging the reputation of our city, and discouraging people from visiting.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to call for a debate in the House of Commons on the contribution of our city centres and the importance of protecting them. I am hopeful that the debate will take place, as I believe it will draw attention to an area of great importance, both locally and nationally.”